1. Backstory, and Background
2. Clear Motives, and Strong Character
3. Sense of Danger
This can be achieved through different methods as well, give the antagonist a clear advantage (IE. he could be a professor gone mad, or a military genius), something that the protagonist cannot hope to compete with, and has to come up with interesting plans or a grand finale that forces him out of the comfort zone. Perhaps the hero chooses to do a lesser evil for the greater good, by choosing to murder the antagonist in a vile and gruesome way. Have them cheat, for example, they result to trickery and somehow convince the villain to kill themselves (in a mystery novel per say, where the hero simply cannot find anything to incriminate the villain, chooses to simply “fake” evidence and present them as truth).
I’ll be sure to write another part about this, but for now, let me know if these tips will help you or how they will impact your writing process; I’m really interested.
Until next time,